Here's what others say about us...

 

Brother Andrew

Speaker, Founder of Open Doors

“My prayer and desire is to see more and more people support the unique and strategic ministry of Frontiers. In order to see a breakthrough in the Muslim world we need organisations like Frontiers.”

 

Simon Guillebaud

Speaker, Founder of Great Lakes Outreach

“I love everything about Frontiers: their passion for Jesus, urgency to go to unreached people groups, cultural sensitivity and willingness to embrace the toughest challenges - all motivated by love for the billion-plus precious souls in the Muslim world.”

 

George Verwer

Speaker, Founder of Operation Mobilisation

“I praise God that He has raised up the work of Frontiers, one of the few agencies on the cutting edge of reaching Muslims with the message of the gospel.”

 

John Piper

Speaker, Founder of desiring God.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

"...I thank God that Frontiers obeys the command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations, including Muslims."

 


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Saturday 19th January

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Friday 18th January

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Thursday 17th January

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Wednesday 16th January

This account is also from a gospel worker in this region:

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Tuesday 22nd January

Gypsies

When Central Asia and Tajikistan were part of the Soviet Union, Gypsies were forcibly settled and their wandering, peddling and begging lifestyle ended. Much of their culture was lost as they were assimilated. Even their language declined. Their culture became like that of the majority they lived amongst, but they were never really integrated. Today, as then, they mostly live in separate villages. Few ever marry outside their group.

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, their begging and peddling way of life resumed, but they now remain mostly in their villages and no longer move around. They can be found close to major towns and cities. Women sit with babies at the roadside begging, children knock on doors collecting crusts of old bread and men buy scraps of old metal. Some have normal jobs but always menial and low paid. Many travel to Russia for work.

Most girls don’t go to school. Children who do attend often leave early, so that illiteracy is increasing. When revival has reached the Gypsies, they are often motivated to read the Scriptures and make great efforts to become literate.

On YouTube there is an informative 4-minute video clip of a gypsy group in Tajikistan known as the Luli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3v8RN522S8

Gypsies face discrimination and are widely despised, much like the Samaritans in Jesus’ day. Although largely unreached with the gospel, this Muslim people group are turning to Jesus in increasing numbers.

• Let’s pray that revival breaks out among the Gypsies in Tajikistan. As their villages are close to others, if revival starts in one place it can quickly spread via family networks to other gypsy villages and beyond.

• Pray that Gypsies will take the Good News to other people groups they live near and in the towns and villages where they go to.

• Pray for scripture and films to be available in everyday Gypsy language.

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Tajikistan Pop : 9.2 million Islam: 94%

Prayercast have produced an interesting 4-minute video of this country: https://vimeo.com/81011815

Tajikistan is a beautiful country in Central Asia, but is remote owing to its challenging mountainous terrain. It is home to the Pamir Mountains which rise to altitudes of 25,000 feet. It has hot summers and freezing winters and a vast variety of landscapes, ranging from glaciers, to mountains, to lush valleys. In the midst of this spectacular beauty, 84% of its people live in poverty; Tajikistan ranks as the poorest nation in Central Asia.

Once a Soviet Republic, Tajikistan gained independence in 1991. Following this was a costly five-year civil war, leading to the death of up to 50,000 people, as well as the emigration of one-tenth of the population. Tajikistan's economic infrastructure has never fully recovered. Corruption, weak governance, power shortages and debt have left it a fragile nation. Over one million men are currently working outside the country. Although these migrant workers bring in about half the nation's GDP, they leave local villages mostly inhabited by women, children and the elderly. Border security remains a crucial issue, as Tajikistan is one of the first stops on the drug route from Afghanistan. Crime and corruption are increasing, as well as continued issues of domestic violence against women. Although human rights are guaranteed in the constitution, many prisoners, elderly, widows and orphans suffer much injustice.

Fear of radical Islam has led to many religious restrictions. Preaching, distribution of religious materials, and registration of churches is now very difficult, if not illegal. Journalism is restricted, as are news and social-media websites and there have been recent reports of periodic blockage of news and internet sites by the government.

With over 94% following Islam, few have had the opportunity to hear the gospel. According to Pray4Eurasia, over 58% of the people remain unreached. Despite these setbacks, the Tajik church is growing. The Bible has been translated into Tajik, and the Jesus film is available in most local languages. Economic hardship has led many to look for religious answers, providing greater opportunities for the gospel message.

• Pray for the gospel to spread and bring spiritual change in this country.

• There are many different people groups living there. Pray for them to live and work together in harmony.

• Let’s pray for President Rahmon and Tajik governmental leaders. Pray that God will open their hearts to the gospel. It has been reported that the President is open to the Bible as he said it shows people how to live better lives. Praise God for the signs of a turnaround taking place in high places in government.

Source of most material: https://prayercast.com/tajikistan.html

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Saturday 19th January

Could God Save Me Too?

“God, could You save me, too?” Ahmet pleaded silently.

For ten months, Ahmet watched his wife, Ranya, as she was transformed. As a new follower of Jesus Christ, her anxious and manipulating ways were disappearing. In their place, he saw her blossom with joy and peace.

When Lisa, a long-term worker, first shared the gospel with her, Ranya was immediately drawn to Christ. But their village, nestled on a hillside in a former Soviet state in the Caucasus, had roots that stretched far and deep into Islam. When the other villagers found out that Ranya had become a disciple of Jesus, they rejected her.

The most severe opposition came from Ahmet, her husband. He yelled at her, cursed her and even locked her out of their house.

Still, nothing seemed to take away Ranya’s newfound joy in Christ.

Ranya learned to endure her persecution with patience and kindness. When faced with Ahmet’s cruelty, God gave her strength to respond with love and gentleness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Her faithfulness and kindness caused Ahmet to wonder if a miracle was taking place before his eyes. “How can someone change so much unless God has met them?” he silently asked himself.

Ahmet began crying out to God in silent prayer, pleading for the same transforming miracle he had seen in his wife.

After several weeks, he could no longer keep quiet. His thirst for the Saviour grew so strong that he finally confided to Ranya, “I want to be saved from my sins, too. I need to follow your Lord. Show me how!”

Today, Ahmet enthusiastically tells his neighbours - the same villagers whom he helped persecute his wife - of the transforming power of God’s love revealed through Jesus Christ.

• Praise God for revealing His transforming power, love and salvation to Muslims like Ranya and Ahmet! Let’s pray this will clearly be seen by their neighbours, who too would desire the same transforming miracle in their lives.

• Pray that new Muslim-background believers would be strengthened to endure persecution as they testify to Christ’s love.

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Friday 18th January

Kabardians – an unreached people group

The Kabardians number over one million worldwide, with approximately 600,000 living in the North Caucasus. They are the largest surviving 'tribe' of the north-western Caucasus' Circassian language family. They too have suffered expulsion and destruction of ninety percent of their population from their homelands in Russia, following century-long Russo-Circassian wars that ended in 1864.The Kabardians' national survival in any form is almost unbelievable, having come dangerously close to ethnic extinction.

More recently there has been unrest in Kabardino-Balkaria. A group of Kabardians were trying to honour the 310th anniversary of a battle fought against the Balkars which resulted in confrontation when they tried to march through a Balkar village. Kabard students from regional universities have been returning to get involved in the protests.

Yet they remain a hospitable people. They have many sayings reflecting this such as: "a guest is a messenger from God," or, "the guest of a Kabardian is as safe as if protected by a fortress."

Honour for elders and those with recognised status is also one of their values. One familiar with the social rules of the Kabardians, known as Khabze, would be able to tell which persons in a line of people walking abreast down a pavement are accorded the proper places of respect in that line. Khabze would also determine the intentional seating arrangement in a living room conversation or at a meal. Youth are trained to serve and defer to elders.

However, the Islamic beliefs of the Kabardians keep them very tightly insulated from outside influences. They are very resistant to the light of truth in the gospel. In urban areas, the Karbardians are often in leadership positions and wield influence over entire sectors of society. Their conversion could yield a great harvest. There are known believers among them, and although only few in number, they are growing.

• Let’s pray that the future of the Kabardians will be filled with hope, life and blessing as they encounter the living God.

• Praise God for recent translations of the books of Ruth and Daniel in Kabard. Let’s pray this will encourage believers and impact the wider communities. Let’s also pray for translators as they struggle to persevere in this work, that they will be encouraged and know God’s hand is on their lives.

• Pray for new believers who are struggling to live out their faith in full view of family and friends. Pray they will find joy and strength in Christ alone.

Source: https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11675/RS
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Kabardian-Cherkess-People/

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Thursday 17th January

Ingush – an unreached people group

The Ingush are found in Central Asia, but primarily in Russia. They are one of the most isolated groups in the North Caucasus, partly due to their location and partly due to the recent history of conflict in the region, sandwiched as they are between North Ossetia and Chechnya.

Recently a land swap agreement was signed between the leaders of the republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya. It resulted in substantial protests in Ingushetia. The Ingush maintain that the land belongs to them and the recent swap comes as another blow.

The Ingush are a people who have suffered a history of conflict. In 1944, Josef Stalin abolished Ingushetia and deported its residents en masse to Central Asia. Their homes were taken from them by Russian ‘Christian’ Ossetian families. When the republic was restored thirteen years later, it had lost twenty percent of its original territory to neighbouring republics.

The Joshua Project tells the story of Imran, an Ingush man living in Ossetia. Imran's Ingush grandfather had been seven years old when his family and whole nation were gathered onto trains by Stalin's KGB on February 23rd, 1944. His grandfather survived the three-week train journey to the Central Asian steppe of Kazakhstan with no heat, no food, and only melted snow for water. Finally, in 1957, his grandfather was allowed to return to his home region of Ingushetia. Sadly, Ossetian families had resettled in his village home, where Stalin had put them to take over Ingush lands. Imran, whose own father died in the 1992 war between the Ingush and Ossetians, now couldn't bury his grandfather in the centuries-old family cemetery. Mercifully, Imran's new boss in a Russian construction firm happened to be a Protestant Christian. His new boss helped him to find a burial plot and even helped to pay for it.

Imran has seen two kinds of Christians; those who are Christian in name only, and those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus to love one another. The Ingush have had very little opportunity to see and experience the self-sacrificing love that Jesus calls for.

• Pray for the stability of this republic, particularly in the light of the recent protests and the recent abductions of human rights observers there.

• Pray for workers to catch a vision for the Ingush and come to work and serve in this region.

• Pray for breakthroughs of Jesus' grace in Ingush villages.

• There are very few known Ingush believers and they tend to live in scattered locations. Let’s pray for the Ingush to seek and find their Saviour.

Source of some material: https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12231/RS

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Wednesday 16th January

This account is also from a gospel worker in this region:

Whenever the enemy’s ground is taken, there is a backlash. We have heard of church services held for Gypsies, where people have turned up with sticks and metal bars to attack the leader. However, we have also heard of God’s amazing grace. For those of us involved with this breakout of God’s Spirit, this is an ongoing and ever-changing situation.

Recently I received an email, explaining that a MBB (Muslim background believer) who was leading work with gypsies had called to say that a group of new believers was being attacked. He asked for prayer and said that other MBBs were on their way to help.

Two hours later I received another email. It said that thirty-five to forty men from organised crime circles had turned up demanding money. There were two pastors who were also there with the Gypsies, helping to support the work of the MBB. Together, they and the gypsy believers decided to trust God to help and defend them. They confronted the enemy as sheep among wolves stating, “We won’t pay money, but neither will we fight. We are Christians. If you fight against us, you fight against God.”

And then, in my friend’s words, “God showed up!”

The criminals began turning against the leader who started the whole attack saying, “What are you doing? We didn’t know these people were Christians. We wouldn’t have come.”

Obviously, the fear of God had come upon them. Everybody parted ways peacefully - even shaking hands! Among this group were Muslims and they too had seen the glory of God!

Undaunted, the MBBs then headed to a new village to share the gospel with another group of Gypsies.

God is clearly working here. What is interesting is that this is part of a worldwide movement of God amongst the Gypsies. People have been faithfully working and praying for the Gypsy communities for years and now are reaping the fruit of that faithful service and prayer.

• Pray that as this movement of Gypsies to Christ takes root in the Caucasus, the changes that happen within the Gypsy community will spill into other communities, including Caucasus Muslims that they live amongst.

• Russian believers are very involved in the work of praying and supporting the Gypsy communities as they come to Christ. Please pray that they will have a similar commitment to pray for, work with and support the Muslim communities of the Caucasus.

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